Preceding this year's NAIDOC Week, the QRN Hub Monthly Seminar will be celebrating and bringing attention to ways in which qualitative research can be conducted to meet the needs and priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as the ways in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers can collaborate to achieve this. Walbira, Megan, Steve, and Sally will engage in a joint conversation about the opportunities and challenges of doing this research, drawing on their extensive personal and professional experience.
Launch of a new network:
*Please note the first hour of this event will be allocated to the seminar. For those who wish to stay, the last half hour will be focused on discussing the launch of a partner network dedicated to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and other researchers. Anyone is welcome to stay for this section, to discuss its aims, objectives, and scope.
About the speakers:
Walbira Murray, from the Gomeroi Nation in South West Queensland, has extensive experience in developing and facilitating community based programs and events in conjunction with Aboriginal communities and people across Australia. Walbira has been a Researcher with the Central Australia Aboriginal Congress for 2.5 years, and has recently completed her Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program with the Joanna Briggs Institute.
Megan Williams is Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the Graduate School of Health. She has over 20 years’ experience combining health service delivery and research, particularly focusing on Aboriginal peoples’ leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the criminal justice system and post-prison release. Megan is a Wiradjuri descendent, and also has Anglo-Celtic heritage.
Stephen Bell is a Senior Research Fellow with the Public Health Interventions Research Group, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program, in the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. He is a social scientist who has led in-depth qualitative studies with a focus on sexual, reproductive and maternal health, and other public health issues, conducted in partnership with young people and other marginalised populations in a variety of settings in Africa, Asia, Pacific-Asia, Europe and Australia for over 15 years.
Sally Nathan's research focuses on what it means to effectively engage consumers and community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making in societal organisations and structures, including complex health systems. Sally has research partnerships with the Lowitja Institute, as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organistions and local area health districts in NSW, Australia.